Brussels manneken pis opens museum of costumes

CNC
Added On February 10, 2017

 STORY: Brussels manneken pis opens museum of costumes

DATELINE: FEB. 9, 2017
LENGTH: 0:02:21
LOCATION: Brussels
CATEGORY: Society
Keywords: Brussels|Mannekin Pis
 
 
 
Only 61cm tall, and 400 years old, the Mannekin Pis is one of Brussels most famous residents. 
 
Now a museum has opened its doors, allowing visitors to admire some of the the colorful costumes used over the years to dress the statue, and the little boy's dazzling wardrobe. 
 
The Manneken Pis, a 61-cm bronze statue of a little boy urinating into a fountain is one of the biggest attractions of the Belgian capital. 
 
The museum, named "Garderobe" which means "wardrobe" in French, displays 133 costumes worn by the Manneken Pis in the past. 
 
It is a tradition to dress up the Manneken Pis on special occasions with costumes donated by different countries, organisations or individuals. The little boy now owns a total of 965 outfits.
 
These donations are very strictly selected.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): GONZAGUE PLUVINAGE, Curator, Garderobe Manneken Pis
"There is a very specific process to follow, you have to make an official demand to the authorities of Brussels and after that your file is given away to the commission of Manneken-Pis and there we decide if we can accept your demand or not. We have three big criteria to choose or refuse a costume. Manneken-Pis cannot be used for political reasons for example; he cannot be used for religious reason or for commercial reasons."
 
The Manneken Pis even has nine costumes donated by China, which he has worn on occasions like Chinese New Year's Day and the National Day of China. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): GONZAGUE PLUVINAGE, Curator, Garderobe Manneken Pis
"Chinese visitors represent a big portion among our visitors here. But honestly people are coming from all around the world. To visit Brussels first but then to see this very attractive small guy. Every body likes him. It's something you have to see when you come to Brussels."
 
Although there are many stories about the Manneken Pis, its true origin remains unknown. 
 
The original statue dates back to the 17th Century and is now kept in the City Museum. The current one on display outdoor was put in place in 1817.